Cynthia McKinney, Sen. Mike Gravel, others to speak at anti-war escalation rally December 12 in DC

Forwarded by the DC Statehood Green Party. End US Wars is a nonpartisan coalition.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
End US Wars
http://www.enduswars.org

“No You Can’t!” Rally at the White House on December 12

Unity among Peace Movement Groups against Obama War Escalation — Warning of Reprisals to Troop Surge

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 12, 11 am to 4 pm
WHERE: Lafayette Park in Washington, DC
CONTACT: Laurie Dobson, 207-604-8988, contact@enduswars.org

WASHINGTON DC — Over 100 leading peace activists have announced an ‘Emergency Anti-Escalation Rally’ at the White House on December 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., to reject President Obama’s planned military escalation in Afghanistan. The rally is organized by End US Wars (http://www.enduswars.org), a newly formed coalition of national and
grassroots antiwar organizations, with endorsements from leading peace leaders.

Rally organizers are calling for the left wing to end its support for Obama now he has committed to a troop surge, and to condemn and oppose Obama’s war policy. In addition, the process will begin to replace Obama with an anti-war candidate, and to remove any pro-war legislators. Protests will intensify against U.S. war involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq and any other countries.

Speakers include: Cynthia McKinney, Sen. Mike Gravel, Kathy Kelly, Chris Hedges, David Swanson, Phyllis Bennis, Rev. Graylan Hagler, Coy McKinney, Debra Sweet, Brian Becker, Mathis Chiroux, Lynne Williams, Hon. Betty Hall, Elaine Brower, Marian Douglas, Michael Knox, Ralph Lopez, Ron Fisher, and statements from Col. Ann Wright, Stephen Zunes
and Granny D (turning 100). Jordan Page, Emma’s Revolution, and Head-Roc will be among the performers.

End US Wars ‘Open letter to Obama’, posted on the website, demands that Obama keep his promise and end the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars; call a ceasefire on Predator drone attacks over Pakistan; and begin immediate reconstruction and recovery in war torn regions.

Along with the rally on Saturday, December 12 at 11 a.m. in Lafayette Park, the film “Rethink Afghanistan” will be shown Friday December 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Streets, NW, Washington, DC.

For information, email contact@enduswars.org or visit http://www.enduswars.org

19 thoughts on “Cynthia McKinney, Sen. Mike Gravel, others to speak at anti-war escalation rally December 12 in DC

  1. Independent Green Party

    Thanks for this story.

    One of the most credible people at this rally – and there are many fine folks – will retired Navy Captain, and Naval Academy graduate, Ron Fisher.

    Captian Fisher graduated first in his class at the navy nuclear submarine school. Served almost 34 years in the U.S. Navy.

    Fisher has been on the ballot twice as an Independent Green in Virginia. In 2007 for House of Delegates, where he received almost 26% of the vote. Ron Fisher was a candidate for U.S. House of Representatives as an Independent Green in 2008.

    His strong debate performances can be seen at http://www.VoteJoinRun.US

    Or just google Ron Fisher on YouTube.

    Many of Virginia’s Independent Greens plan to attend this event.

    Imagine how much you could do in America with the nearly $200 Billion dollars being wasted in fiscal 2010 on those absurd wars.

    Applause to all, who have organized this event.

    Thanks to the national Green Party.

  2. Don Lake .......... The USSR messed up in Afghanistan also

    Destroying nations from the inside out, no surer ways than ‘trophy purchases’ [Japan in the 1970s and 1980s], Public Relations stunts [NASA], funny money stunts [Germany Hyper Inflation in the 1920s] and far away, needless ‘foreign adventures’!

    Is it just coincidence that WWI bankrupted the British Empire ????? ….. Afghanistan was the being of the end of the USSR ??????

    * tunes * When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn ……..

  3. Zeleni

    Milnes,

    I suggest you hold a counter-rally to show your opposition to this blatant misprioritization.

  4. Robert Milnes

    “Rally organizers are calling for the left wing to end its support for Obama…In addition the process will begin to replace Obama with an anti-war candidate, and to remove any pro-war legislators…” Ha! Ha! Ha! He,He,Haw Haw. How quickly they forget. Tom Hayden & Progressives for Obama. The rationale was that he was the most progressive ELECTIBLE candidate. A liberal democrat. A progressive democrat e.g. Gravel, Kuchinich et al are NOT ELECTIBLE under the present circumstances. & even a liberal democrat is extremely difficult. They’ve been trying since JFK. Kennedy was surely instrumental in finding & grooming Obama. Keynote speaker etc. When he stood up & endorsed Obama it was the product of years & he was dman sure Obama was a liberal, not a progressive/leftist. Obama is a lock for renomination in 2012. Just about none of the pro war legislators will be removed. Certainly not by anything the anti-war movement does. Reactionaries are warmongers. Plain & simple. The left & particularly libs are too few & virtually powerless to do much of anything about all this. Hence the knee-jerk “Emergency” response to Obama’s speech. Everybody knows the routine. Obama knows there will be response against his policies. So what? He’s not sweating it. You want to make Obama & the reactionaries sweat? Use the PLAS to vote them the HELL OUT!

  5. Robert Milnes

    Erica, The PLAS is a weapon. A very powerful weapon. It is to political science what the fusion bomb was to physics. It is the non violent voting out of reactionaries by progressives and revolutionaries. The Progressive Libertarian Alliance Strategy. ONE Green OR ONE Libertarian per ballot on EVERY ballot. First on the ballot is recognized. Fusion executive ticket. Green president/Libertarian vp. This is how if Teddy Roosevelt had selected a progressive democrat vp he may very well have won in 1912. Last year Nader could have selected a libertarian vp & won. The Libertarians at their convention which I did not have gas money to go, could have nominated Gravel, a left/progressive & Mary Ruwart & won. After the convention I asked Ruwart to be my vp on an Independent ticket. NO! So, you see Erica, there is a history. & this is a very complex and difficult situation. No amount of begging the reactionaries at rallys is going to do it.

  6. Robert Milnes

    The PLAS Experiment-the Los Alamos of political science, could very well be the 2 upcoming special elections in January in MA & CA. In MA there is a libertarian Independent, Joe Kennedy for U.S. Senate. Jan. 19. No Green on ballot. He has been endorsed by the LPMA chair & Prof. Phillies. In CA there is a Green, Jane Rands for State Assembly. Jan 12. No Libertarian on ballot. If the voters could be educated to vote for the the Libertarian in MA where there is no Green & the Green votes would probably go to the democrat, & for the Green in CA where there is no Libertarian in a 10% republican advantage district & no Libertarian on ballot, it just could work to COMBINE & MAXIMIZE their vote. So we need the candidates to endorse the Strategy & for a campaign to educate the voters. THAT, IMO is more important & urgent than the Emergency Anti-Escalation Rally of Dec. 12.

  7. Robert Milnes

    We need for all these people who go to the rally on Dec. 12, to then go to MA & CA & campaign for these 2 candidates. We need a large progressive & libertarian voter turnout. This might make the difference as a small voter turnout is normal for such off year elections. I personally am willing to go to MA & campaign if I am able.

  8. Ross Levin

    Lynne Williams will also be there – not sure if that’s the candidate for Maine governor of the Green Party named Lynne Williams or not.

  9. Dave Schwab

    Yes, it’s that Lynne Williams. I like how she’s using her campaign to highlight important issues, like Afghanistan and marriage equality.

  10. Robert Milnes

    I don’t see any libertarians on this list of speakers. Seems mostly green & red. Please correct me if I’m wrong. Esp. any radical/anarchists. Prof. Phillies would be a nice addition. He could update the greens & reds on the U.S. Senate race in MA where there is no green or red. He seems to have taken a personal interest in this Joe Kennedy’s candidacy.

  11. paulie Post author

    They have now announced Kucinich will be speaking as well. They should try to get Ron Paul if they haven’t already and make it even more inclusive. Good to see they are including Gravel…


    (Forwarded by the Green Party of the United States, which has endorsed
    the Dec. 12 rally (http://www.gp.org

    /
    http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=267

    ). End US Wars is a
    nonpartisan coalition.)

    End US Wars
    http://www.enduswars.org

    PRESS ADVISORY
    December 7, 2009

    CONTACT: Laurie Dobson 207-604-8988

    We will tell President Obama “No You Can’t!” send more US troops to Afghanistan

    Anti-War Rally set for Saturday, December 12th from 11:00 am to 4 pm
    at the White House

    Washington, DC – Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) will join former Rep.
    Cynthia McKinney, former Sen. Mike Gravel, Nobel Peace Prize nominee
    Kathy Kelly, and a host of antiwar leaders for an emergency rally in
    Lafayette Park this Saturday.

    We will demand that President Obama announce an immediate ceasefire in
    Iraq and Afghanistan to end the wars and order our troops home. The
    President must stop Predator drone attacks and covert operations in
    Pakistan, and begin immediate reconstruction and recovery in war torn
    regions. Too many people have suffered and died.

    If the President does not meet these demands, we promise intensified
    opposition, with anti-war candidates prepared to defeat his war
    policy.

    About Us
    We are a new coalition of antiwar organizations, peace and justice
    advocates, and citizens of conscience who challenge our elected
    leaders to end the US wars of aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq and
    bring our troops home. See our website, http://www.enduswars.org

    for
    more information on the protest and a complete list of speakers.

    ~ END ~

  12. paulie Post author

    (Forwarded release. The End US Wars coalition is a nonpartisan organization.)

    End US Wars
    http://www.enduswars.org

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Tuesday, December 8, 2009

    CONTACT
    Laurie Dobson, 207-604-8988, contact@enduswars.org

    Available for interview: Speakers at the Dec. 12 rally in DC against
    President Obama’s troop escalation plan

    • List includes Dennis Kucinich, Cynthia McKinney, Mike Gravel, Chris
    Hedges, many others

    WASHINGTON, DC — The December 12 anti-escalation rally in Lafayette
    Park across from the White House will feature a list of prominent
    speakers, many of them available for interview before and after the
    event.

    Among the confirmed speakers are several military veterans, Rep.
    Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Cynthia McKinney (2008 Green presidential
    nominee, former Georgia Rep.), former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska),
    Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, and Rev. Graylan
    Hagler.

    Reporters are invited to cover the rally, which takes place 11 am to 4
    pm on Saturday, December 12 in Lafayette Park, Washington, DC. The
    rally, titled “No You Can’t!”, has been organized by the End US Wars
    coalition (http://www.enduswars.org

    ). The rally will challenge
    President Obama’s plans for more than 30,000 new US troops to be sent
    to Afghanistan, which he formally announced in a televised address on
    Tuesday, December 1.

    Many of the speakers in the list below are available for broadcast,
    print, and online interview. (Organizations are mentioned for
    affiliation purposes.) To contact one or more speakers, call Laurie
    Dobson at 207-604-8988.

    Scheduled Speakers for the Dec. 12 rally (http://www.enduswars.org/guide

    )
    • Dennis Kucinich, US Representative (D-Ohio) and former presidential
    candidate, http://www.kucinich.house.gov

    • Cynthia McKinney 2008 Green Party candidate for President, former
    six-term Democratic Congresswoman from Georgia,
    http://dignity.ning.com

    • Mike Gravel 2008 candidate for President, former two-term Democratic
    Senator from Alaska (1969-1981), http://www.mikegravel.us

    • Kathy Kelly, Center for Creative Nonviolence, thrice nominated for
    the Nobel Peace Prize, founding member of Voices in the Wilderness,
    http://vitw.org

    http://users.erols.com/ccnv

    • Chris Hedges, Pultizer Prize winning author & journalist, most
    recent book Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of
    Spectacle
    • David Swanson, AfterDowningStreet.org, author of Daybreak: Undoing
    the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union,
    http://www.afterdowningstreet.org

    • Dr. Sahar Shafqat, Pakistani activist and scholar,
    http://faculty.smcm.edu/sshafqat

    • Rev. Graylan Hagler, Senior Minister, Plymouth Congregational United
    Church of Christ, Washington, DC, http://www.plymouth-ucc.org

    • Gael Murphy, CODEPINK, http://www.codepink4peace.org

    • Coy McKinney, peace activist, http://www.everythingology.com

    • Debra Sweet, The World Can’t Wait, http://www.worldcantwait.net

    • Brian Becker International A.N.S.W.E.R., http://www.answercoalition.org

    • Mathis Chiroux, Iraq Veterans Against the War, http://www.ivaw.org

    • Lynne Williams, Green candidate for Governor of Maine in 2010,
    http://www.lynnewilliams2010.org

    • Betty Hall, 14-term member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives (D)
    • Elaine Brower, Military Families Speak Out, http://www.mfso.org

    • Marian Douglas, writer, DC Statehood Green Party,
    http://www.dcstatehoodgreen.org

    • Michael Knox, PhD, US Peace Memorial Foundation,
    http://www.uspeacememorial.org

    • Ralph Lopez, filmmaker, Jobs For Afghans, http://jobsforafghans.org

    • Captain Ron Fisher, US Navy (retired), WeThePeopleNow.org,
    http://wethepeoplenow.org

    • Colonel Ann Wright, US Army (retired), US State Department
    (retired), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Wright

    • Rabbi Michael Lerner, founder of Tikkun, http://www.tikkun.org

    • Kevin Zeese, director of VotersForPeace.US, http://www.votersforpeace.us

    • Stephen Zunes, PhD, Professor of Politics and International Studies
    at the University of San Francisco, http://www.stephenzunes.org

    • Jared Ball, journalist, broadcaster on WPFW-FM in Washington, DC,
    http://www.wpfw.org

    • John Judge, co-founder of 911 CitizensWatch, http://judgeforyourself.us

    • Jay Marx, Washington Peace Center, http://www.washingtonpeacecenter.org

    • Christopher Towne, National Assembly to End the Wars in Afghanistan
    and Iraq, http://www.natassembly.org

    • David Zirin, International Socialist Organization,
    http://www.internationalsocialist.org

    • Stephen Lendman, Global Research News Hour, http://www.globalresearch.ca

    • Doris “Granny D” Haddock, peace activist, http://www.grannyd.com

    Laurie Dobson, who will moderate the program, is a long time peace
    activist, writer, land planner, community organizer and a 2008
    independent candidate in Maine for the U.S. Senate. Music will be
    provided by Jordan Page, Head-Roc, Emma’s Revolution, and Precise
    Science.

    Along with the rally on December 12, a social event featuring many of
    the speakers and musicians will take place Friday, December 11, from 8
    to 10 pm at Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Streets NW in Washington, DC.
    Palestinian musician Huda Asfour will perform and the film ‘Rethink
    Afghanistan’ will be screened.

    For updates on the rally, visit the End US Wars web site
    (http://www.enduswars.org

    ).

    ~ END ~

  13. paulie Post author

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Thursday, December 10, 2009

    CONTACT: Laurie Dobson, Director, End US Wars, 207-604.8988,
    contact@enduswars. org

    Rally in DC on December 12 will tell President Obama “No You Can’t!”
    send more US troops to Afghanistan

    • Obama’s escalation plans will turn many of his supporters against
    him, say rally organizers and speakers, who note that Obama’s Nobel
    Peace Prize acceptance speech is the first ever to promote war

    Emergency Anti-War Rally at the White House against President Obama’s
    planned military escalation in Afghanistan
    • When: Saturday, December 12, 11 am to 4 pm
    • Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, across from the White House, near
    the Farragut West Metro Station
    • Organized by End US Wars http://www.enduswars.org

    • Rally speakers available for interview: see speakers list
    (http://www.enduswars.org/guide

    ), call 207-604.8988

    WASHINGTON, DC — Thousands of Americans will gather in Lafayette Park
    across from the White House on Saturday, December 12, to tell
    President Obama “No you can’t!” send over 30,000 more US troops to
    Afghanistan.

    Speakers for the rally will include Rep. Dennis Kucinich, former Rep.
    Cynthia McKinney, former Sen. Mike Gravel, and many others. Many of
    the speakers are available for interview: see the online speakers list
    (http://www.enduswars.org/guide

    ) and contact Laurie Dobson at
    207-604.8988.

    Ralliers will demand that President Obama announce an immediate
    ceasefire in Iraq and Afghanistan to end the wars and order our troops
    home, stop Predator drone attacks and covert operations in Pakistan,
    and begin immediate reconstruction and recovery in war torn regions.

    If the President does not meet these demands, he will face intensified
    opposition, with anti-war candidates prepared to defeat his war policy
    politically. Rally organizers noted that President Obama’s Nobel
    Peace Prize acceptance speech is the first in history to defend
    military invasion and occupation.

    Along with the rally on December 12, the film ‘Rethink Afghanistan’
    will be shown Friday December 11, from 8 to 10 pm at Busboys & Poets,
    14th and V Streets NW in Washington, DC.

    More information: email contact@enduswars.org or visit http://www.enduswars.org

    For press inquiries, phone: Laurie Dobson, Director, End US Wars (207) 604.8988

    ~ END ~

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